John Niyo, James Hawkins and Matt Charboneau preview the Michigan State and Michigan college basketball seasons. The Detroit News, The Detroit News


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College basketball season is right around the corner, and the expectations for our state's Big Two — Michigan and Michigan State — remain sky high, with both ranked in the preseason top 25.

There also are some local mid-majors looking to make a surprising push onto the March dance card.

The season officially gets under way for Michigan and Michigan State on Nov. 6, with the Wolverines hosting Norfolk State and the Spartans taking on powerhouse Kansas in Indianapolis.

So there's still some time to get up to speed on your favorite local team.

Check out The Detroit News' preview coverage of the state's seven Division I men's teams.

Michigan State

Follow beat writer Matt Charboneau on Twitter @mattcharboneau.

Michigan State out to prove it's one of nation's top teams

Four-star forward Malik Hall picks Michigan State

Michigan State basketball: Five story lines to watch

Izzo, Spartans to plunge right into tough non-league schedule

Michigan State tightens up on turnovers in lopsided win over Northern

Video: MSU, UM tip off with Big Ten title hopes


Follow beat writer James Hawkins on Twitter @jamesbhawkins.

'I'm still not over it:' Loss in title game fuels Michigan

Michigan basketball: Five story lines to watch

UM sees big things in store for 'natural-born scorer' David DeJulius

Jordan Poole looks to emerge as playmaker for Michigan

UM's Isaiah Livers looks to bring 'dog attitude' to game

Video: MSU, UM tip off with Big Ten title hopes


Follow beat writer Tony Paul on Twitter @tonypaul1984.

Oakland: Golden Grizzlies rebuilding after failed shot

Detroit Mercy: Things will be rough early, and that's by design

Eastern Michigan: Experienced Eagles ready to take flight

Central Michigan: Chippewas carrying 'a more complete team' 

Western Michigan: Broncos hit by injury bug out of the gate

GLIAC: Ferris State has target on its back as defending DII champ

State women

Central Michigan 'lays to rest' magical Sweet 16 run